Director of Boston

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America | Boston, MA, United States

Posted Date 1/08/2022

Mission and Philosophy

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism and to ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.


SHI North America (SHI NA) has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, motivated, experienced, creative, and organized professional to represent the Institute.

The Director of Boston will play a primary role in leading the Institute’s educational and engagement strategies in Boston. This professional will cultivate a deep understanding of the needs of key Jewish leaders and influencers and SHI NA’s institutional partners as well as a thorough grasp of the educational and consultative resources SHI NA offers in order to establish sophisticated and relevant ongoing partnerships and programs. With this position will also come opportunities to engage in national curricular or educational work. Key responsibilities include strategic relationship engagement; creative program development and internal management; public presence; fundraising leadership; and collaboration with colleagues to coordinate and manage SHI NA’s local presence. This position requires someone who can be the face of Hartman locally, with an ability to speak about Hartman ideas and to listen for adaptive challenges leaders are facing. The ideal candidate for this position will have a strong commitment to SHI’s mission, will be someone who can take initiative in identifying problems and devising solutions, and must have strong interpersonal skills to help implement those solutions with good judgment, discretion, and tact. Based in Boston, this individual will work closely with the entire program and development teams.

Responsibilities and Duties

The primary responsibilities of the position include:
• Strategic leadership, including working with key Boston Jewish communal leaders to create an educational vision and implement it, in service of establishing Hartman’s presence as a transformational center of ideas, planning programs, and forging partnerships.
• Innovation towards reaching new audiences and cultivating new partnerships by identifying key institutions, areas of interest and key challenges related to contemporary Jewish life, particularly those related to key Hartman research areas including Jewish peoplehood, leadership, civics, gender equality and Israel.
• Designing, planning, and executing programs. Design work includes developing program strategy, format, and content to creatively deploy SHI NA’s thought leadership and programmatic resources. Planning and execution work includes managing faculty preparation, and overseeing travel, budget, venue and catering, and materials, with administrative support.
• Serving as a local face of SHI NA; guiding local fundraising activities and marketing / branding strategy in partnership with the larger SHI NA teams.
• Working in partnership with national leadership team to design and implement national educational or curricular strategies or projects.


Experience and Knowledge
• Familiarity and strong alignment with the work of the Shalom Hartman Institute
• Strong track record developing and cultivating individual and institutional partnerships and relationships - including donor relationships
• Experience with conceiving of and developing educational strategies and then implementing them
• Demonstrated experience with and a superior track record with event planning and execution including creating and managing timelines and work plans; sourcing, negotiating with and managing vendors including caterers; day-of team management
• Familiarity with the Boston Jewish communal landscape and institutions

Specific Skills and Personal Characteristics
• Excellent interpersonal abilities including a customer-service oriented demeanor
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented; able to manage multiple complex tasks
• Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic, high-energy environment
• Track record of demonstrating sound judgment by making appropriate decisions and knowing when to take initiative in identifying problems and devising solutions
• Capable of working independently as well as collaboratively
• Flexible work style with the ability to work under tight deadlines and with shifting priorities
• Inquisitiveness and an openness to learning, including new software and technologies
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
• Good sense of humor

• Ability to travel frequently around Boston and to New York and Israel at times
• Ability to staff evening and weekend programs on occasion

Education Level
• BA / BS or equivalent, and preferably related MA or higher

Salary range and benefits: $135,000 - $150,000, commensurate with experience. Very competitive benefits package.

Full Time
Education - Other | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Regional Director
Organization Type
Education & Schools
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